Durham fought back strongly by reducing Middlesex to 87-7 after being bowled out for just 147 on day one of their Division Two match at Lords.
Former England paceman Steven Finn took 4-41 as Durham collapsed from 56-0, despite Australian Peter Handscomb top-scoring with 54 from 72 balls.
The hosts were soon in trouble in reply, with Ben Raine taking 3-12, including Dawid Malans wicket for 24.
Seventh-placed Middlesex started the game 18 points behind Northamptonshire in third, with Durham, in fifth, 10 points better off.
But the visitors failed to pick up any batting points as Middlesex, having won the toss and electing to field, dominated the opening two sessions thanks to fine bowling from Finn and Irelands Tim Murtagh who finished with 3-32.
The home side immediately lost Nick Gubbins for a duck when it was their turn to bat and although Sam Robson, Stevie Eskinazi and Malan all passed 20, none could go on and three wickets went down for nine runs before the light ended play prematurely.
“Id say we are slightly behind the game at the moment given the conditions that we batted in, but with a bit of sunshine and some good batting conditions we can get somewhere close.
“They bowled nicely, but we know the cloud conditions here at Lords play a big part. If you hang in long enough to get your rewards then you do.
“Ive made a slight tweak to my run-up that I worked on during the week towards the back end of the T20s, so I felt in a nice rhythm. And we bowled well as a unit. Miguel bowled really nicely and James Harris and Tim Murtagh as well.”
“With the overhead conditions this morning where there was blue sky and it was supposed to stay that way for most of the day, we thought it would end up being a pretty good deck. We were all a bit surprised when the clouds rolled in and there was a 20-minute period at the end of the first hour where they made a massive difference.
“Sometimes in cricket innings like Peter Hanscomb played get lost. That 50 was as good as any hundred weve scored this year. It was a fantastic knock in very tough conditions. Hes a fantastic cricketer and weve been lucky to have him. As this game goes on that 50 might be priceless.
“With those couple of wickets at the end were probably just ahead. The wicket of Malan was crucial because hes a proper player. If we can get them out for as close to 100 as possible, its the kind of wicket where a 40-run lead is a lot.”
Ben Raine and Chris Rushworth shared five wickets between themselves to reduce Middlesex to 87/7, trailing Durham by 60 runs at the end of Day 1 of their County Division 2 clash on Tuesday (September 10). That after Durham were bowled out for 147 on the back of Steven Finns four-wicket haul and Tim Murtaghs three. Middlesex wouldve been mighty pleased after they bowled out Durham cheaply after they opted to bowl. Minus Peter Handscomb, who scored a half-century, only the opening stand was anything of worth fetching them 56 before a collapse began.
Brief scores: Durham 147 (Peter Handscomb 54; Steven Finn 4-41, Tim Murtagh 3-32) lead Middlesex 87/7 (Dawid Malan 24; Ben Raine 3-12) by 60 runs.
Skipper Billy Godleman led Derbyshire with a century to take them to 244 before being bowled out, with the next-best score being Wayne Madsens 27. Richard Gleesons five-wicket haul and Saqib Mahmoods three was instrumental in keeping Derbyshire in check after they opted to bat. In reply, Ravi Rampaul struck early as Lancashire went to Stumps on 20/1.
Brief scores: Derbyshire 244 (Billy Godleman 111; Richard Gleeson 5-64) lead Lancashire 20/1 by 224 runs.
Leicestershire went to stumps with 276 on the board, losing eight wickets in the bargain after three half-centuries after Northamptonshire opted to bowl. Hasan Azad (86) and Mark Cosgrove (65) led them before George Rhodes took over with an unbeaten 51 before stumps were drawn. Luke Procter returned a three-wicket haul, while Gareth Berg and Brett Hutton had two apiece.
Brief scores: Leicestershire 276/8 (Hasan Azad 86, Mark Cosgrove 65, George Rhodes 51*; Luke Procter 3-43) vs Northamptonshire.
Sussexs openers led from the front unscathed after they bowled out Gloucestershire for 200 taking their side to 73/0 at stumps, trailing by 127. Philip Salt was unbeaten on a 60-ball 53 when stumps were drawn. Earlier, James Bracey led Gloucestershire with a half-century as they managed just 200 before they were bowled out. Chris Jordan returned three, while David Wiese and George Garton had two apiece as the next-best score for Gloucestershire was Ben Charlesworths 28.
Brief scores: Gloucestershire 200 (James Bracey 61; Chris Jordan 3-49) lead Sussex 73/0 (Philip Salt 53*) by 127 runs.
Michael Hogan and Timm van der Gugten shared seven wickets between themselves to keep Worcestershire to 205. Riki Wessels top-scored with 45, while opener Daryl Mitchell was the next-best with 36. In reply, Glamorgan went to stumps at 44/2, trailing by 161 at the end of the opening day.
Brief scores: Worcestershire 205 (Riki Wessels 45; Michael Hogan 4-53) lead Glamorgan 44/2 by 161 runs.